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Symbolism

Late 19th Century


Symbolism is a 19th-century movement in which art became infused with exaggerated sensitivity and a spooky mysticism. It was a continuation of the Romantic tradition, which included such artists as John Henry Fuseli and Caspar David Friedrich.

Anticipating Freud and Jung, the Symbolists mined mythology and dream imagery for a visual language of the soul. More a philosophical approach than an actual style of art, they influenced their contemporaries in the Art Nouveau movement and Les Nabis.

The leading Symbolists included Gustave Moreau, Puvis de Chavannes, and Odilon Redon.

The movement was also a major influence on some of the Expressionists, especially on the work of Franz von Stuck and Edvard Munch.
        

 
 
Chronological Listing of Symbolists
 
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George Frederic Watts 1817-1904 English Painter/SculptorThe Bowman Portrait of Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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Pierre Puvis de Chavannes 1824-1898 French PainterThe Reaper
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Gustave Moreau 1826-1898 French PainterGustave Moreau: Study of Horses and Jockeys
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Arnold Bocklin 1827-1901 Swiss PainterThe Island of Life
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Felicien Rops 1833-1898 Belgian EngraverThe Row, 1877
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Elihu Vedder 1836-1923 American PainterHead of Minerva
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Hans Thoma 1839-1924 German PainterThe Artist's Cousin
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Odilon Redon 1840-1916 French PainterOdilon Redon: Apollo's Chariot
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Xavier Mellery 1845-1921 Belgian Painter 
Eugene Carriere 1849-1906 French PainterReclining Nude
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Louis Welden Hawkins 1849-1910 FrenchLe Sphinx Et Le Chimere
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Ernst Josephson 1851-1906 Swedish PainterThe Water Sprite
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Gaetano Previati 1852-1920 Italian PainterPaolo and Francesca
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Alexandre Seon 1855-1917 French PainterLamentations of Orpheus
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John White Alexander 1856-1915 American PainterThe Cellist
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Leon Frederic 1856-1940 Belgian Painter 
Mikhail Vrubel 1856-1910 Russian PainterPortrait of S. Mamontov
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Max Klinger 1857-1920 German Painter/SculptorHomage, from Paraphrase on the Discovery of a Glove'
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Alphonse Osbert 1857-1939 French Painter 
Fernand Khnopff 1858-1921 Belgian PainterIncense, 1917
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Giovanni Segantini 1858-1899 Italian PainterThe Angel of Life
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Jan Toorop 1858-1928 Dutch PainterJan Toorop: The Desire and the Satisfaction
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Leonardo Bistolfi 1859-1933 Italian SculptorManifesto for The Turin Exposition, 1902
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Edmond-Francois Aman-Jean 1860-1935 French PainterPortrait of a Young Woman
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Maximilian Lenz 1860-1948 German Painter6th War Loan
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Armand Point 1861-1932 French PainterThe Golden Legend, 1897
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Arthur Bowen Davies 1862-1928 American PainterAfterthought of Earth
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Jeanne Jacquemin 1863-1938 French Painter 
Edvard Munch 1863-1944 Norwegian PainterEdvard Munch: The Scream
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Franz von Stuck 1863-1928 German Painter/SculptorPallas Athena, 1898
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John Duncan 1866-1945 Scottish Painter 
George Minne 1866-1941 Belgian Sculptor 
William Degouve de Nuncques 1867-1935 Belgian PainterWinter In The Forest, 1912
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Jean Delville 1867-1953 Belgian PainterTresors de Satan, 1895
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Henry de Groux 1867-1930 Belgian Painter/Sculptor 
Emile Bernard 1868-1941 French Painter 
Konstantin Somov 1869-1939 Russian PainterAlexander Pushkin at Work, 1899
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Aleksandr Benois 1870-1960 Russian Painter 
Hugo Simberg 1873-1917 Finnish PainterMeditation, 1895
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Carlos Schwabe 1877-1926 German/Swiss PainterVirgin of the Lilies, 1899
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Gustave Adolphe Mossa 1883-1971 FrenchGustave Adolphe Mossa: David and Bathsheba
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Cheryl Laemmle Born 1947 American Painter 

 
 
 




 
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